Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today informed the Parliament that around 100 bridges in different parts of India are on the verge of collapse and they require immediate attention.
Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha that his ministry has completed safety audit of 1.6 lakh bridges in the country and found more than 100 structures in dilapidated condition.
"These 100 bridges can collapse anytime and they need immediate attention," Gadkari said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha.
The union minister informed the Lok Sabha that the transport ministry had last year launched a special project to organise data regarding all bridges and culverts in the country as part of measures being taken to avert mishaps.
Expressing concern over the condition of these bridges, the minister referred to last year’s tragic incident in the Konkan region where two state-run buses and some private vehicles were swept away after a British-era bridge over the Savitri river collapsed.
Referring to the delay in works on various road projects, the minister said this has been happening due to issues related to land acquisition, encroachment and environmental clearance. He said road projects worth Rs 3.85 lakh crore were delayed due to various reasons in the past and most of these issues were resolved and their works are in progress.
Gadkari added that the transport ministry was working to come up with wayside amenities every 50 km on national highways for passengers and truckers. These facilities will offer a range of services that will include parking for vehicles, food courts, rest rooms and kiosks for sale of local specialities and help battle unemployment, the minister said.